Ivanka Trump said that the Obama-era equal pay data collection rule would not do its job, leading to her to support the end of the effort, CNN reported.
According to the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, Trump administration officials were moving forward to stop the collection of pay date by gender, race, and ethnicity, which would have started in the spring. The administration charged that the collection would have been difficult for businesses.
"It's enormously burdensome," Neomi Rao, administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, told the Journal. "We don't believe it would actually help us gather information about wage and employment discrimination."
Ivanka Trump said that she continues to support the elimination of the gender wage gap and promised to work with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Office of Management and Budget, and Congress for better ways to do it, CNN noted.
"Ultimately, while I believe the intention was good and agree that pay transparency is important, the proposed policy would not yield the intended results," Ivanka Trump said in a statement, per CNN. "We look forward to continuing to work with EEOC, OMB, Congress and all relevant stakeholders on robust policies aimed at eliminating the gender wage gap."
Ivanka Trump has advocated on behalf of women economic empowerment issues while serving as assistant to her father President Donald Trump. She has called for paid family leave, a childcare tax credit, workforce development, ending human trafficking and promoting education for science, technology, engineering and math.
The Hill said the Obama administration rule would have required employers with 100 or more workers to supply data on wages to the EEOC broken down by gender, race, and ethnicity in an effort to prevent pay discrimination.
"(The EEOC) remains committed to strong enforcement of our federal equal pay laws," said acting commission chair Victoria Lipnic, per CNN. "I do hope that this decision will prompt a discussion of other more effective solutions to encourage employers to review their compensation practices to ensure equal pay and close the wage gap. I stand ready to work with Congress, federal agencies, and all stakeholders to achieve that goal."
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